OMEGA makes long-term commitment to fight avoidable blindness

We’re thrilled to announce our renewed partnership with the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA, which will invest $2.5M into fighting avoidable blindness in communities around the world. The generous support will bolster our work to train eye care teams in areas with the greatest need so they can provide quality care in their communities.

OMEGA has been a proud supporter of Orbis since 2011, when it became a Global Corporate Partner. Through avid support of our Flying Eye Hospital – the world’s only fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 plane – OMEGA has helped Orbis in our mission to mentor, train, and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities.

Derek Hodkey

President and Chief Executive Officer of Orbis International

Around the world, some 1 bil­lion peo­ple live with vision loss that is entire­ly pre­ventable or treat­able, but they sim­ply don’t have access to the care they need. Our work to cre­ate a world where no one los­es their sight from avoid­able caus­es is only pos­si­ble because of gen­er­ous sup­port­ers like OMEGA who believe in our mis­sion, and we can­not over­state our grat­i­tude for their long­stand­ing partnership.”

OMEGA has been a proud supporter of Orbis since 2011, when it became a Global Corporate Partner. Through avid support of the Flying Eye Hospital – the world’s only fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 plane – OMEGA has helped Orbis in our mission to mentor, train, and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities.

Raynald Aeschlimann

President and CEO of OMEGA

It’s an hon­or to extend our part­ner­ship with this life-chang­ing orga­ni­za­tion. For more than a decade, OMEGA has been wit­ness­ing the incred­i­ble work of Orbis, who embrace our own val­ues of inno­va­tion, pio­neer­ing spir­it, and mean­ing­ful change. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our sup­port of this vital mission.”

OMEGA also works in cooperation with its brand ambassadors – including Daniel Craig, Cindy Crawford, and others – to increase awareness of avoidable blindness. As part of two insightful documentaries, Daniel Craig and Cindy Crawford visited sight-saving projects in Mongolia and Peru, witnessing firsthand the long term impact of our ophthalmic training projects OMEGA also provides cuddly teddy bears to all young patients undergoing treatment on the Flying Eye Hospital.

The Hospital in the Sky – an OMEGA film with Cindy Crawford in 2015

Most recently, OMEGA was the Title Sponsor of a first-of-its-kind training project held last week on board the Flying Eye Hospital in Doha, Qatar, for women in eye care from conflict-affected areas. Ophthalmologists and nurses from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen took part in simulation training using cutting-edge technology available on the Flying Eye Hospital.

Through Their Eyes – an OMEGA film with Daniel Craig in 2012.

Simulation training ensures that each step normally taken when treating a patient can be safely practiced as many times as needed, growing confidence and skills that eye teams can take back to their communities. The project – which was the first in-person training conducted internationally on the Flying Eye Hospital since the start of the pandemic – was launched under the leadership of, and thanks to, Qatar Fund for Development and Qatar Charity. Additional partners assisting the project included Qatar Airways, Qatar Executive, and Hamad International Airport, which provided on-the-ground support.

Ophthalmic simulation training explained.

Last year, OMEGA was the exclusive Title Sponsor of a virtual Flying Eye Hospital project that trained ophthalmic nurses across Mongolia on treatment for cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the country, and globally, despite being treatable with an operation that can take as little as ten to fifteen minutes. In 2020, Orbis reimagined in-person Flying Eye Hospital trainings as virtual ones to ensure that eye care teams could still access critical training safely during the pandemic. With the plane now returning to in-person programming, the virtual model Orbis developed is being used in conjunction with in-person training, a concept known as "blended learning," to ensure that eye teams can maximize time with their mentors, continue their education after the plane leaves and more.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to OMEGA for their support over the years. They truly are helping change the way the world sees.

If you're interested in becoming a Corporate Partner and playing a leading role in the global fight against avoidable blindness, please contact [email protected]

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